Russian Federation investigator Mueller interviewed Central Intelligence Agency chief

Watch: Pompeo to face tough questioning in secretary of state confirmation hearing

Watch: Pompeo to face tough questioning in secretary of state confirmation hearing

With military action looking imminent in Syria, Sen.

Pompeo replied by stating he had a "clear view" on whether gay marriage was "appropriate" while he was a politician in Kansas, and that he stands by those views today.

The confirmation hearing on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to become the next secretary of state took place before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 12, 2018. The two sparred in an exchange about what Pompeo has claimed is a "special obligation" that falls on Muslim leaders when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks in America.

He stressed that the goal in Syria is to achieve, through diplomacy, greater stability, less violence, and, referring to leader Bashar al-Assad, establish "a post-Assad Syria one day".

But Pompeo's comments didn't seem to assuage Booker.

"Those decisions are weighty".

An avowed opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Pompeo said he'd work immediately if confirmed to "fix" the agreement that Trump has threatened to abandon if it's not strengthened. "But, yes, I believe the president has the domestic authority to do that". He added that Mr Pompeo had been "very smart" about preparing for the job and seeking to reassure the "neglected" rank and file.

In that time he has threatened a trade war with China, blamed Russian Federation and Syria for a suspected chemical attack that killed more than 40 people, and ratcheted up anti-Russia rhetoric on Twitter, including Wednesday's warning that "missiles will be coming" in response to the chemical atrocity in Syria.

At a campaign-rally-style speech in OH before spring break, Trump vowed "we'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon" as the USA will "let the other people take care of it now". "So the fact that we have in the past done this doesn't make it constitutional". "Rand Paul (R-Ky.) having already announced his opposition, that means a united Democratic front could reject Pompeo in committee". He said he worries the nominee would check the president's natural instincts on foreign policy.

Pompeo: "Senator, I'm going to give you the same answer I just gave you previously".

POMPEO: Senator, I've spoken to a number of groups, and I believe my record with respect to tolerance and the equal treatment of people, I think it.

BOOKER: If that's your response, you did not say anything to call out his remarks. We did. We literally did win. There is no one left alive who plotted the attacks on 9/11.

Pompeo has historically had some choice words for Russian Federation, which continues to meddle in US politics even now. He said America wants to leave but is not quite ready.

"So you think that Muslims in America who are in positions of leadership have a different category of obligation due to their religion?" He referenced Trump's past statements about wanting to bring the troops home. "He said, 'It is time to get out of Afghanistan".

Pompeo first says that he did not "recall" whether or not Trump asked him about the probe being led by Mueller. He continued, "so, from the administration's perspective, the most important thing we can do is separate those two". We emboldened Iran. We made it worse.

On the lack of any Syria strategy spanning administrations, Panetta stressed that the USA has "been reactive to the moment and to the crisis without thinking about what is our strategy in Syria, and as a result of that we've been somewhat ambivalent about how to handle that chaos".

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